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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Simple pleasures

I've teamed up with Eco Monkey and trialed the Kneado and 'Everything paint'. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Life is a bit too busy sometimes.  Unleashing a bit of creativity, or at least nurturing it in others is a good way to slow down and focus on the moment.  Over the last few weeks we have been using the Kneado and the 'Everything paint' from Eco Monkey. Eco Monkey is a NZ owned business and their products are natural, allergy free and sustainable.

On Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of L. and E. talking to each other and calling out for me. This is pretty normal in our house.  The problem was that it was 5.20am and I was already feeling tired from a few weeks' worth of broken sleep thanks to winter illnesses  and a particularly tiring week at work.  I really did not want to get up, but with it being my husband's turn to be sick, it really had to be me to get up, so I did.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Working mum: some thoughts on keeping things simple

It can be hard to find a balance- reading and drinking tea helps me to find some.

This post contains a few thoughts on returning to full time work and having two young children.  It is a topic which is endless and awash with all kinds of implications around gender equality, personal choice, values, necessities and more.  I'm not going to go into our particular set of circumstances because they are our circumstances and each family is so different with its own set of priorities, pressures and particulars. What I will go over is a few things I have been doing (admittedly not always consistently) that have helped to keep things simpler for myself and my family with becoming more time-poor.  A lot of these I started doing while I was on leave and had a baby and a toddler, but they have become even more integral to things running smoothly. I hope that they might in turn be of interest to you as well.

Friday, 6 May 2016

'Lion Practice' and 'A Tale of Two Beasts'

It's been a while, hasn't it?  Since my last post, I have returned to work full time, after two years of being a stay at home mum.  We've had new routines to establish, change, tweak slightly and settle into.  Stories before bed with both L (almost four) and E (two) is one routine that has not changed and I want to share with you two gorgeous books that we have all been enjoying.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Seasonal Fruit Cobbler

Today I want to share a recipe that has become a regular favourite in our house.  Like most of the things I cook or bake, it is simple, reasonably quick to put together and healthy. This is a great dessert for anyone who is gluten and/or dairy free as it doesn't have gluten or dairy in it.  I find it is also an excellent way of ensuring my daughter (who has hit the fussy eating stage) actually eats some fruit as she won't eat it raw. If there are any leftovers, I like to have it warmed up for breakfast- yum! I vary the fruit depending on the season.  In Winter, I like to make this with a mix of pear and apple and in Summer I like to make it with stone fruit and berries.  Today I will give you the quantities I use for Summer fruit.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Advent Calendar

Christmas is a lot of things to a lot of different people.  I love the traditions around Advent and Christmas and now that the two little ones are getting a little bit older, it is nice to start continuing traditions from the childhoods of myself and my husband, as well as creating new ones.  Two of my favourite traditions are lighting the candles in the Advent wreath in the lead up to Christmas and when I was young, I loved opening up the Advent calendar and eating the chocolate coins hidden within it.  Today, with a little bit of help from my son, I finally completed a very simple homemade advent calendar.

Some of the activities (mostly reading Christmas stories!) for our simple Advent calendar.  I just wrote these on the back of some bits of vintage red and white wallpaper that we had which I had cut into squares.